COVID-19 and IBD: What You Need to Know

Learn about the impact that COVID-19 can have on individuals living with Crohn's or colitis and get expert recommendations including social distancing, travel, IBD medications and treatment, clinic visits, IBD testing, mental health and coping strategies. Commonly asked questions are answered by the experts.

Dr. Eric Benchimol (MD, PhD., FRCPC), Associate Professor and Gastroenterologist, Department of Pediatrics and School of Epidemology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa, Division of Gastroenterology​ at Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

Dr. Gilaad Kaplan (MD, MPH, FRCPC), Associate Professor and Gastroenterologist, Director of the Environmental Health Research Group, Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases and Institute of Public Health, Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary

Panel Members:
Dr. Remo Panaccione (MD, FRCPC), Associate Professor and Gastroenterologist, Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic, Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary

Dr. Laura Targownik, Associate Professor and Gastroenterologist, Associate Director of the IBD Research and Clinical Centre, Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Division of Gastroenterology at Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Dean Tripp (C.Pscyh, PhD.) Professor and Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychology at Queens University, Kingston Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Lisa Barrett (MD, PhD., FRCPC), Assistant Professor and Clinician Scientist, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Divisions of Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie University

Video Table of Contents:
0:08-3:06: Welcome Remarks from Crohn's and Colitis Canada
3:09-7:00: Webinar agenda
7:26-9:06: Defining Terms
9:06-11:15: Timeline of COVID-19
11:15-12:35: COVID-19 World and Canada
12:36-13:10: What does COVID-19 look like in people?
13:24-14:52: Flu VS COVID-19
14:52-16:46: Negative outcomes
16:46-19:50: Flattening the Curve and social distancing
19:50-21:09: IBD and COVID-19
21:10-21:37: Risk factors
21:43-22:28: Recommendations to date for patients
22:28-23:14: Travel
23:14-25:31: Social distancing and hand hygiene
25:31-26:23: COVID-19 and IBD medications
26:29-28:14: COVID-19 and NSAIDS
28:14-29:59: Steroids
30:03-31:35: Clinic visits and IBD testing
31:35-33:08: Testing for COVID-19
33:09-33:40: Conclusion of recommendations
34:10-34:53: Introducing panel members
34:54-38:15: Does IBD make COVID worse?
38:15-42:25: Kids with IBD and COVID-19
42:25-43:49: Dealing with anxiety around COVID-19 and kids
43:57-49:09: I am bound to be infected, should I just get it over with now?
49:09-52:35: Importance of flattening the curve
52:36-58:50: What can I do to protect myself against COVID?
58:50-1:07: IBD Medications and extra precautions?
1:07-1:14: Considerations for kids with IBD
1:14-1:20: I was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID, should I be worried?
1:20-1:22: A focus on NSAIDS
1:23-1:27: Are my IBD medications safe to take during a COVID pandemic?
1:27-1:32: What about supplies of medication? Visiting infusion clinics?
1:32-1:36: Considerations for children with medication
1:36-1:39: I am feeling fine; can’t I just stop my medications until the pandemic blows over?
1:39-1:43: Starting a new medication?
1:43-1:48: I am extremely worried about COVID-19, what should I do?
1:48-1:52: Be kind and understanding stress
1:52-1:58: Coping with stress
1:58-2:02: Staying informed and getting help
2:02-2:07: Closing remarks

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Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is the only national, volunteer-based charity focused on finding the cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improving the lives of children and adults affected by these diseases.

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